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Recommended System Requirements
Game Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 145% 9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 81% 19%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 145% 9%
Cyberpunk 2077 108% 7%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 166% 18%
Borderlands 3 145% 9%
FIFA 20 75% 22%
The Outer Worlds 114% 5%
eFootball PES 2020 101% 10%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 170% 20%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz is massively better than the Intel Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz was released less than a year after the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

The Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz has 2 more cores than the Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz. With 4 cores, the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz is much less likely to struggle with the latest games, or bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them.

Both the Intel Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz and the Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz have the same number of threads. The Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz and the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.9 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz manages to provide significantly better performance than the Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz has a 60 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaby LakeKaby Lake
MoBo SocketNot sureLGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Mar 201705 Jan 2017
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores2vs4
CPU Threads4vs4
Clock Speed2.9 GHzvs3.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs4.2 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs95 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size128 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size512 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size3 MBvs6 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewPentium G4560T 2.9GHz is a budget processor based on the 14nm Kaby Lake architecture. The 'T' suffix denotes a power-optimized CPU. The Pentium G4560T 2.09GHz is therefore slightly slower than the Pentium G4560 yet has a lower TDP. It offers 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), clocked at 2.9GHz and 3MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, Hyperthreading, Virtualization and Enhanced SpeedStep is activated. The processor integrates Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 610 (Kaby Lake), with 6 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1050MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 54W. The Intel Pentium G4560T 2.9GHz offers average performance and is classified in the low to middle-class range of processors. This means it will become a bottleneck in some demanding applications. The specific performance specs for this high end Intel CPU are still unconfirmed, but some benchmarks are starting to appear.
The Core i5-7600K 4-Core 3.8GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm, Kaby Lake micro architecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 3.8GHz, which may go up and 8MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked. This CPU is likely to offer exceptional computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on high/ultra graphics performance without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.

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